Learn how to crochet a stocking, tree skirt, or advent garland with Christmas Crochet (Storey Publishing, 2014) by Edie Eckman. Packed with fun patterns and easy-to-follow tutorials, Christmas Crochet has projects for everyone ranging from creative contemporary projects to Victorian-inspired Christmas stockings. Each pattern comes with a symbol chart and a description of the stitches required to complete it, making it easy for crafters to ensure success. In the following pattern, learn how to crochet a stocking with cheerful pinstripes.
Simple crochet seed stitch is transformed into something special with just a change of color. Using nothing but single crochet and chain stitches, even beginning crocheters can create this charming Christmas stocking. Use your favorite worsted-weight yarn and change up the colors to crochet Christmas stockings for the entire family.
12 inches/30.5 cm in circumference, 21 inches/53.5 cm long
16 sts and 17 rnds = 4 inches/10 cm in Seed Stitch with larger hook.
Red Heart Soft, 100% acrylic, 256 yds/234 m, 5 oz/141 g, 1 skein each Color 9925 Really Red (A), 4601 Off-White (B) and 4420 Guacamole (C)
US I/9 (5.5 mm), or size needed to obtain gauge
US H/8 (5 mm), or one size smaller than hook needed to obtain gauge
sc2tog (single crochet 2 stitches together)
(Insert hook into next st and pull up a loop) two times, yarnover and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
standing sc (standing single crochet)
Beginning with slip knot on hook, insert hook into stitch or space indicated, yarnover, pull up a loop, yarnover and pull through both loops on hook.
Stocking is worked in the round from the top down, with an opening made for the heel. The heel is worked in rounds without joining, after the foot and toe are complete.
Change colors with a slip stitch at the end of every round as directed.
Multiple of 2 sts
Chain an even number, join with slip st in first ch to form a ring, being careful not to twist chain.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, working in back bump of each ch around, sc in first ch, *ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in next ch; rep from * around, omitting last sc; with next color join with slip st to first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as ch-1 space), *skip 1 sc, sc in next space, ch 1; rep from * around, omitting last ch-1, with next color join with slip st to 2nd ch of ch-2.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in first space, *ch 1, skip 1 sc, sc in next space; rep from * around, omitting last sc; with next color join with slip st to first sc.
Rep Rnds 2–3 for pattern.
See the slideshow for a diagram.
With A and larger hook, ch 48, join with slip st in first ch to form a ring, being careful not to twist chain.
Work Seed Stitch in the Round using one round of each color in the following sequence: A, B, C, A, B, C, A, B, C. Cut C. Working stripes of one round each of A and B only, work even until piece measures 12 inches/30.5 cm from beginning, ending with a round of B. Do not cut B.
Divide for heel: With A, work in pattern, ending join with slip st to first ch. Continuing with A, ch 24, skip 24 sts, slip st in next sc. Fasten off, leaving an 8-inch/20.5 cm tail.
With B and larger hook, pull up a loop in same st as slip st; (sc in back bump of next ch, ch 1, skip 1 ch) 12 times, sc in next ch-space (same st as slip st), (ch 1, skip 1 sc, sc in next space) 11 times, ch 1, skip 1 sc; with A, join with slip st to first sc. Work even in stripes of A and B until foot measures 5 inches/12.5 cm.
Cut A and B.
Rnd 1: With C and larger hook, work in established pattern. Remainder of Toe is worked in rounds without joining. Place marker in first st of round and move up each round as you work.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc and ch-1 space around. (48 sc)
Rnd 3: *Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog; rep from * around. (36 sc)
Rnd 4: *Sc in next sc, sc2tog, sc in next sc; rep from * around. (27 sc)
Rnds 5 and 7: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 6: *Sc2tog, sc in next sc; rep from * around. (18 sc)
Rnd 8: Rep Rnd 6. (12 sc)
Rnd 9: Sc2tog around. (6 sc)
Fasten off, leaving a 6-inch/15 cm tail.
Rnd 1: With C and larger hook, standing sc in 7th ch-1 space at back heel, (ch 1, skip 1 sc, sc in next space) five times, skip (sc, space, sc), do not ch 1, sc in next space, (ch 1, skip 1 sc, sc in next space) 10 times, skip (sc, space sc), do not ch 1, sc in next space, (ch 1, skip 1 sc, sc in next space) four times, ch 1, skip 1 sc; do not join. (42 sts) Place marker in first st of round and move up each round as you work.
Rnd 2: Sc in each sc and ch-1 space around.
Rnd 3: *Sc in next sc, sc2tog; rep from * around. (28 sc)
Rnd 4: *Sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog; rep from * around. (24 sc)
Rnd 5: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 6: *Sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog; rep from * around. (20 sc)
Rnd 7: *Sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog; rep from * around. (16 sc)
Rnd 8: *Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog; rep from * around. (12 sc)
Rnd 9: Sc2tog around, slip st in next st. (6 sc)
Fasten off, leaving a 6-inch/15 cm tail.
With A, smaller hook and RS facing, standing sc in space at center back leg, ch 8, sc in each sc and ch-1 space around, join with slip st to first sc. Fasten off.
Using yarn tails, sew holes at toe and heel closed. Close any gaps at corners of heel. Weave in ends.
Excerpted from Christmas Crochet for Hearth, Home & Tree (c) Edie Eckman, photography (c) by Alexandra Grablewski. Used with permission from Storey Publishing.
Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!LEARN MORE
At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.95 (USA only).
You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.